This book examines the relationship that exists between fantasy cinema and the medium of animation. Animation has played a key role in defining our collective expectations and experiences of fantasy cinema, just as fantasy storytelling has often served as inspiration for our most popular animated film and television. Bringing together contributions from world-renowned film and media scholars, Fantasy/Animation considers the various historical, theoretical, and cultural ramifications of the animated fantasy film. This collection provides a range of chapters on subjects including Disney, Pixar, and Studio Ghibli, filmmakers such as Ralph Bakshi and James Cameron, and on film and television franchises such as Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon (2010–) and HBO’s Game of Thrones (2011–).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Approaching Fantasy/Animation (Christopher Holliday and Alexander Sergeant) Part I: Ontology and Spectatorship 1. Wonderlands, Slumberlands, and Plunderlands: Considering the Animated Fantasy (Paul Wells) 2. Pierre Mac Orlan’s "Social Fantastic" and Disney Animation (Barnaby Dicker) 3. In The Face Of...Animated Fantasy Characters: On The Role of Baby Schemata in the Elicitation of Empathic Reactions (Meike Uhrig) 4. Fantastical Empathy: Encountering Abstraction in Bret Battey’s Sinus Aestum (2009) (Lilly Husbands) . The Reality of Fantasy: VFX as Fantasmatic Supplement in Game of Thrones (2011-) (Ben Tyrer) Part II: Authors and Nations . Contextualizing Lotte Reiniger’s Fantasy Fairy Tales (Caroline Ruddell) . Fantastic French Fox: The National Identity of Le Roman de Renard (1941) as an Animated Film (Francis M. Agnoli) 8.The "Iconoclast of Animation": Counter-Culturalism in Ralph Bakshi’s Fantasy Films (Alexander Sergeant)9. Animating Japan: the Fantasy Films of Studio Ghibli (Susan J. Napier) 10. British Social Realism as Wonderland Fantasy in Electricity (2014) (Carolyn Rickards) Part III: Culture and Industry 11. "Loved the animation, hated the CGI": How Audiences Responded to Digital Effects in The Hobbit films (2012-2014) (Martin Barker) 12. From Buzz to Business: Hollywood, Fantasy, and the Computer-Animated Film Industry (Christopher Holliday)13. High Fantasy Meets Low Culture in How to Train Your Dragon (2010) (Sam Summers) 14. The Evolution of Reproductive Fantasies: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Analysis of Disney’s Tangled (2010) (Samantha Langsdale and Sarah Myers) 15. "Enter the World": James Cameron's Avatar (2009) and the Family-Adventure Movie (Peter Krämer)
Christopher Holliday teaches Film Studies and Liberal Arts at King’s College London, UK.
Alexander Sergeant is a Lecturer at Bournemouth University, UK.